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  • Posted: Aug 12, 2020
    Deadline: Aug 18, 2020
  • We are an international humanitarian organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and suffering in the world’s poorest countries. Concern Worldwide began working in Kenya in May 2002 with the development of an urban programme in Nairobi. Our work expanded into a multi-sectoral programme focusing on urban and rural livelihoods, primary education, HIV and ...
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    Senior Officer Communication & Advocacy

    Reports to: Manager Governance & Advocacy

    Job Location: Nairobi with frequent travel to field locations in Nairobi’s informal settlements, Marsabit, Tana River, Turkana, Wajir

    Contract details:

    • One (1) Year Fixed Term Contract
    • Medical Cover (1 Principal + 2 Dependants)
    • Life Assurance Cover
    • Personal Accident Cover

    Main Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Communication
      • Act as custodian of Concern Kenya’s communication strategy; track progress, review actions, identify new opportunities
      • Develop annual implementation plan for communication and lead its roll out regularly updating priorities and key work-streams, in line with progress
      • Oversee the design of Concern Kenya programme briefs and fact sheets and regularly update them for donor and public engagement
      • Proactively work with field teams and to produce compelling, issue-oriented feature stories and reports focusing on Concern’s work that can be used to produce communications material that influence media, partners, and policy makers to champion the wellbeing of the extreme poor
      • Write thought-leadership, op-ed and blog pieces and review and edit media releases and other written materials for external audiences
      • Maintain an updated listing of national media contacts in Concern’s areas of operation (radio, television, photography, video, print, digital influencers) and build relationships with them including accompanying journalists on trips to the field to support media coverage of Concern programmes on national media.
      • Develop and provide communications and media training to selected Concern spokespeople, providing advance preparation, advice and feedback on media interviews.
      • Manage all external communication (visits, events) with a lens of quality oversight
      • Improve Concern Kenya’s digital and multimedia storytelling which includes regular social media engagement ,taking over Concern Kenya Tweeting among others
      • Work closely with the Concern Global Communications Team to produce content for donor & public engagement, media relations, emergency communications and international media coverage.
    • Advocacy
      • Work with programmes to develop Concern policy positions into public messaging and where appropriate, deliver a media plan to support advocacy objectives and/or public engagement campaigns
    • Branding
      • Technical expert on all Concern Kenya’s donor branding requirements
      • Provide technical direction to Programme Coordinators/Managers on donor branding requirements
      • Build capacity of Programme teams on donor branding requirements
    • Programme Documentation
      • Responsible for all office publications (manuals, studies, promotion etc.) ensuring distributions lists are provided
      • Timely monthly and quarterly reporting on Concern’s communication results
    • Responding to Emergencies:
      • Lead on the media engagement during emergencies and critical incidents
      • Participate and contribute as necessary towards Concern’s Emergency response as and when necessary
      • Comply with Concern’s health, safety and security guidelines during emergencies
      • Programme Participant Protection Policy
      • To adhere to the standards of conduct outlined in the Concern Code of Conduct and Associated Policies; the Programme Participant Protection Policy (P4), the Child Safeguarding Policy and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Policy

    Job Specification:

    • A Degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Relations or other relevant field
    • Three (3) years’ experience developing and implementing communication strategies and relevant experience in advocacy in the humanitarian/development sector.
    • Ability to synthesize complex advocacy, policy and programme response approaches into audience led briefing papers, media Q&A documents and key messages
    • Demonstrable experience working with local and international media, blogging and social media engagement and resource mobilization.
    • Good understanding of programme cycle management and application of advocacy strategies to promote positive development outcomes.
    • Excellent communication & interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively in teams.
    • Excellent professional writing and editing and photography skills.
    • Excellent networking, coordination, analytical and problem solving skills
    • Proven competency in the use of computer applications
    • Proficient in Computer applications
    • Fluent in both spoken and written English and Kiswahili.

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    Manager - Governance and Advocacy (Maternity Cover)

    Reports to: Programme Director
    Liases directly: Externally with the County Executive Committee Member (CEC) and Chief Officer(CO) Public Administration and Coordination, Director Public Participation, Sub county and Ward Administrators in Nairobi, Marsabit, Turkana, Tana River, Wajir Counties.

    Internally with Programme Leads in Education, Livelihoods and Health & Nutrition

    Job Location: Nairobi with frequent travel to field sites in Marsabit, Turkana, Tana River, Wajir Counties

    Contract Details: 6 months ( maternity cover)

    Job Purpose: To support implementation of Concern’s strategy of improving governance in Kenya through the increased participation of the extreme poor in civic life. Specifically this position will primarily involve providing technical assistance to the County Governments of Marsabit, Turkana, Tana River, Wajir and Nairobi to strengthen the county government systems to facilitate and support the Community Conversations approach as a means of engaging the Extreme Poor in county planning and decision-making processes.

    Main duties & Responsibilities:

    • Develop strong and strategic relationships with the County Governments of Marsabit, Turkana, Tana River, Wajir and Nairobi specifically the County Executive and County Assembly to improve the policy environment for public participation at county level(including but not limited to enactment of Marsabit County Civic Education and Public Participation Bill, Marsabit Village Units Bill, Marsabit County Executive Order No 2 of 2019 on Strengthening service delivery and development coordination at sub county level)
    • Develop strong and strategic relationships with Local Civil Society Organizations (including media) to augment their efforts to hold county governments accountable for quality service delivery and amplify citizen voices in county governance processes
    • Lead Organized Community Groups in the aforementioned counties and Concern sector programs (health and nutrition, livelihoods, education) to influence County Integrated Development Plans(CIDPs), Public Finance Management (PFM) and institutional capacity, to implement pro-poor policies and practices
    • Provide technical assistance to the Department of Public Administration and Coordination to strengthen the linkages and coordination between formal governance structures and Organized Community Groups at village, ward, sub county and county level in line with county public participation laws and policies
    • Lead in building the capacity of governance structures such as Directorate for Public Participation, Sub County, Ward and Village Administration, Community Development Facilitators(where applicable) and Organized Community Groups to facilitate meaningful citizen participation in the annual county planning and budgeting processes and other governance processes such as policy formulation
    • Lead in monitoring the translation of community plans into village, ward , sub county and county development plans during the annual county planning and budget processes and other related processes
    • Guide programmes and provide technical oversight for the undertaking of advocacy studies (baseline or otherwise) led by programme sectors.
    • Work with programmes to develop Concern policy positions to support advocacy objectives
    • Always build capacity of programme staff to lead on advocacy initiatives and tasks
    • Participate in programme development and fundraising
    • Undertake frequent(monthly) field visits to program sites in target counties to monitor progress, quality and impact of activities approved in the annual program proposal, and quarterly costed work plans
    • Compile and submit timely monthly and quarterly reports

    Responding to Emergencies:

    • Participate and contribute as necessary towards Concern’s Emergency response as and when necessary
    • Comply with Concern’s health, safety and security guidelines during emergencies

    Education, Qualifications & Experience Required:

    • A Bachelor’s Degree in Law, Public Policy, Public Administration, Social Science, or a related development field with 4 years’ experience implementing governance and human rights based programmes in pastoralist contexts
    • At least 3 years’ experience in governance in Kenya with strong understanding of devolved governance structures at county level and how these structures actually work
    • Strong knowledge of public finance management laws, County Government Act and related amendments and other regulatory framework of government.
    • -Have proven ability to develop relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders including county leadership (CEC,CO); directors and county staff at technical levels; county assembly; sub county and ward administration , civil society; communities
    • Demonstrated experience on facilitating meaningful participation of citizens in the annual county planning and budgeting cycle
    • Good understanding of programme cycle management and application of advocacy strategies to promote positive development outcomes.
    • Experience in community mobilization and engagement using participatory approaches in ASAL context. Experience in Community Conversations approach is an added advantage
    • Must have a working knowledge of Project Cycle Management
    • Possess strong written and oral communication skills
    • Fluency in English, Kiswahili
    • Be able to work independently, as well as in a team
    • Strong leadership and management skills
    • Be willing to accept responsibility and to show good judgment, initiative, and resourcefulness.

    Concern has an organisational Code of Conduct (CCoC) with three Associated Policies; the Programme Participant Protection Policy (P4), the Child Safeguarding Policy and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Policy. These have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation, and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organisation, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context, staff have a responsibility to the organisation to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a job with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Concern Staff Code of Conduct and Associated Policies as an appendix to their contract of employment. By signing the Concern Code of Conduct, candidates acknowledge that they have understood the content of both the Concern Code of Conduct and the Associated Policies and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these policies.

    Concern Worldwide is a non-governmental international humanitarian organization dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries.

    Concern’ is the trading name of ‘Concern Worldwide’, a company limited by guarantee, registered number 39647; registered charity number CHY 5745, registered in Ireland, registered address is 52-55 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.

    Method of Application

    nterested candidates, who meet the requirements, should send their CV and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject of the email as ‘Senior Officer Communication’. The closing date for applications is 18th August 2020

    Each application should include three (3) referees who can validate technical expertise.

    Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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